5 Ways Going to the Dentist Regularly Can Save Your Family Money

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 1:00 AM | Leave Comment

Prevention is the best treatment for many ailments and even more so for your teeth. Dental problems can have serious consequences for your overall health and may require thousands of dollars’ worth of treatment and weeks of pain if they are not caught early. Here are five ways regular visits to the dentist can save you money.

5 Ways Going to the Dentist Regularly Can Save Your Family Money

  1. Emergency Treatment

    Dental problems are one of the top reasons people visit a hospital emergency room. The average cost of ER care is about 10 times higher than preventative dental care, and it may not be enough. In most cases, further dental treatment is required to solve the problem.

  2. Pediatric Dental Care

    Children should have regular dental checkups while they still have their baby teeth. According to the Coquitlam Centre Dental Clinic, dentists can see problems before they become serious and help children avoid braces all together, or get braces early enough to avoid prolonged treatment. If children learn from a young age to properly care for their teeth, they can have healthy teeth and gums all their lives.

  3. Overall Health

    Oral health has a big effect on overall health and can make a difference on the severity of an illness. Poor oral health can contribute to:

    • Endocarditis where bacteria enters the blood stream from diseased gums
    • Diabetes where proper gum care helps control blood sugar
    • Cardiovascular disease, which may be linked to inflammation form periodontitis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis, which can be controlled by regular gum care
  4. Professionally Remove Tartar

    Tartar can cause gum disease, bad breath, and unattractive teeth. Brushing and flossing help reduce it, but professional teeth cleaning from a dentist or dental hygienist is the only way to effectively remove tartar.

  5. The Real Cost

    According to research, the average cost of preventive dental care is about $78 annually. If you compare this to the national average cost of one filling, $131; or a crown or root canal, about $600; or a tooth extraction, about $260, it is clear that regularly visiting the dentist saves you money.

The main way regularly going to the dentist saves money is in the prevention of other health issues that often have expensive treatments.

Periodontal disease has a correlation with systemic diseases, and tooth decay can enter the jaw bone and cause serious consequences that require surgery.

Even young children can be saved a lot of future pain, if they see the dentist regularly once they have all of their teeth. Many people avoid the dentist because they think it’s an unpleasant experience, but it’s not worth it.

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